Environment, Energy & Transportation
We must strive to be responsible stewards of the environment, our communities, and our planet. All people, including future generations, have the right to clean air, water, and a healthy natural environment.
Health of the physical environment directly impacts the short-term and long-term health of our citizens, communities and economy, and must be protected.
Fossil fuels are a finite and dwindling resource and we must swiftly transform our economy and technology to be based on renewable energy sources.
All countries and governments must respond swiftly and strongly to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to slow the rise in the global temperature and reduce the long-term effects of climate change, ocean acidification, and rising oceans levels.
Regulations must be used to ensure that the cost of environmental degradation be paid for by those who create the pollution or benefit from the action that caused the pollution.
2012 Policy Priorities
Continued ban on oil drilling and exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Enact local laws, regulations, and zoning that enable local public and private initiatives to develop renewable energy sources.
Clean up and elimination of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation site as a repository of additional nuclear waste.
Clean up the Salish Sea, (which includes Puget Sound) and waters emptying into it, and enact new laws or regulations as needed to eliminate pollution at the source.
Whatcom County should come into compliance with the Growth Management Act.
Rein in oil speculation in order to stabilize gasoline prices.
End the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracking.
Recognizing the importance of jobs and property values, and consistent with other existing planks, all proposals for export of coal from Washington State must undergo a broad review of all economic, health and ecological impacts, to determine that there are no net negative impacts, prior to approval of such proposal or any alternatives.
Resolutions have been adopted by members since the platform was originally written:
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